Trust. Communication. Confidence. Fight.
These are the four core values of the Springfield College women’s volleyball team. Going into last Tuesday’s match at Clark University, the Pride knew that focusing on those values would keep their momentum going.
The game did not go according to plan, as Springfield would find themselves in a five set battle, where a total of 174 digs would define the story of the game between both teams.
“When teams get into a defensive rhythm, they then get into an offensive rhythm which was happening for Clark,” said Coach Moira Long. “They keep digging and digging, which always makes them a tough opponent to face off against.”
After taking the first set 25-21 on an efficient .316 hitting percentage, the Pride would drop the second set 24-26 by committing 9 errors.
Adjustments were being made on both sides as Springfield battled back in the third set by forcing 8 Clark errors to win the set, 25-21.
The Pride would lose the fourth set 23-25 by putting up another nine errors, while posting a match low .065 hitting percentage as Clark forced a fifth set.
Senior Jen Donnelly pushed the Pride to take the fifth set, 15-12, by providing five of her 11 kills in the final set.
The team’s offense was lead by freshman setter, Sara Labadorf, who recorded a career-high 59 assists during the match.
“Last night, we started out running a simple offense, and we changed up our offense as the game progressed in order to keep Clark on their toes,” said Labadorf. “It is important to provide hittable sets for my teammates every point because every point matters.”
Sophomore Camryn Bancroft also powered the Pride offense by providing an example on the front line with a team-high 16 kills.
As the team prepares for the four game Osprey Classic at Stockton University this weekend, they know that they need to center their focus on the team ahead of them and take it one game at a time.
“One of our coaches working with the team said, ‘Celebrate what you have accomplished, but then put it aside and move on to the next thing,’” said Long. “Our players are on the same mindset of just focusing on Stockton.”
The Pride will head into their first of four games of the Osprey Classic against Stockton at 6pm on Friday.